It’s been quite a while since I posted here, five months to be exact. A lot has happened in five months. You might remember that my last blog post was about the bittersweetness of leaving Baylor and moving to a new job in Anderson, SC.
Last week I took a couple of days off to pad my labor day weekend and make a road trip to Kentucky for a few days. My dear friend Grace is getting married next month, and her Bridal Luncheon was in Nashville Saturday. Additionally, my family typically has a gathering on Labor Day weekend so I thought I would make a trip of it. My new drive to mom and dad’s takes me through the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. It’s gorgeous.
But Thursday I had an extra surprise.
As I drove over the first crest nearing the foothills I saw what I have not seen in about five years. Orange and red and yellow leaves. There were not millions, but they were starting to appear. It was a reminder to me how much things have changed.
Since those leaves really started to grew to “adult” leaf size I have:
- Said see you later to some people who mean the world to me.
- Had a yard sale and sold a ton of my unneccessary stuff.
- Loaded a moving truck (with the help of 20+ great friends from point one) with everything that survived the yard sale.
- Drove my moving truck pulling my Rav across the country with only Tuck and my iPod for company.
- Got said moving truck stuck in two hotel parking lots, gotten frustrated to the point of tears, and played the girl card to get help getting it “unstuck”.
- Felt like an idiot when said Good Samaritans backed it up in a 3-point turn (I can do that in my RAV!!).
- Moved into my first ever Off Campus apartment.
- Learned how to get wax out of carpet.
- Learned how to keep my angry dog from eating all my stuff.
- Found a new church.
- Started a new job that I love, but still don’t completely understand.
- Relished in living where the SEC dominates football coverage.
- Watched my high school bestie get married.
- Celebrated with a college bestie getting engaged.
- Rejoiced with another dear college friend when she found out they were having a baby girl in November.
- Been able to drive to visit these folks in less than a day.
- Learned that I am allergic to an antibiotic and visited both the local urgent care and ER.
- Gotten hives for the first time ever (do not recommend).
- Remembered what it is like to live where you are allergic to everything around you. (where are my tape covered glasses and pocket protector?!)
- “Lost” my office key during the first orientation. (Don’t worry, my boss found it. Not sure which is worse- the loosing or the finding).
- Realized that I LOVE having walkie talkies, golf carts, and polo shirts.
- Eaten veggies straight from my grandpa’s garden for the first time in years.
- Watched part of a UK football game with my dad.
- Enjoyed lots of cool mornings with my coffee on the patio before I started my day.
The last five months have been full. Full of laughter and tears. Joy and sadness. I miss the home that I had in Waco, but I love being exactly where I am supposed to be. I love having no doubt that this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. There is so much joy and peace in that knowledge. And I have to admit, I don’t know what I was thinking when I moved away from seasons and multicolored leaves.